Yes, I know it’s been a good 2-3 weeks already since this has aired but please don’t blame me… blame [EveTaku] for delaying their releases until now. Anyways, this will most likely end up being a pretty lengthy post considering that I have A LOT to say about the show’s ending and of course the show itself. Before I begin, I’d like to remind everyone that everything I say in this post are personal opinions. I don’t believe I’m 100% correct in any way but the things I say are what I believe to be true from my personal point of view. Oh yeah, this post WILL contain a lot of major spoilers for the show itself so definitely do not read it if you haven’t watched the show and are planning to watch it.
To begin, I’d like the address the main “issue” or topic about the ending, Incest. There’s a lot of people out there who made statements about how this show turned out to be completely wrong and disgusting. How this show is saying incest isn’t wrong and how the show is “promoting” incest. I believe those people are wrong and they just came up with whatever excuses they could use to talk bad about the show after seeing their favored girl not win. HOWEVER, I am in no means saying incest is the right thing. In terms of what I think about incest, I’m on a neutral stand point. I believe there’s a lot of things that can be said about it and honestly topics like that will always generate a lot of controversy from different people, it’s just how life and these things work . I do however, believe that the show’s ending has much more meaning to it and it’s all about how you see it. Yes, I am a fan of Kirino and I definitely did enjoy the ending. Does this mean I’m a fan of Incest and I believe it’s the right thing to do? No. Just like the show stated, you should never mix up real life with eroge. This applies to anime too, just because I enjoyed the ending it doesn’t make me automatically approve incest. The reason why I enjoyed the ending is because I loved Kirino as a character. I didn’t like the show because of the relationship that was obviously building up between Kirino and Kyousuke, but because of Kirino herself. I’m happy she won, I really am but the part about them being siblings was honestly an added bonus. If Kyousuke wasn’t her brother it still wouldn’t change the fact that Kirino won and that the protagonist chose her out of all the other girls. Despite the show going down the incest route, I feel like there’s a lot of things that you can say about it. I don’t think they were encouraging the fact that Incest is right but the fact that if you really want something, even if it’s beyond your reach, you can still make things happen to obtain it. Despite knowing incest was terribly wrong, both of them went through with the relationship knowing there was going to be consequences. To me, this brings out a message of never giving up. If you really want something, you should try your best to get it without giving up especially if there are obstacles along the way. Kirino’s hardship of going through her entire life loving her brother despite being told it was impossible and wrong by Manami early on shows how much she continued fighting for what she wanted without giving up and in the end, she finally got it. Once again, I believe this show can relay a lot of different messages to the viewer. It’s all about how you see it. For me personally, I believe it definitely wasn’t promoting incest but the fact that in life, you need to have determination, courage, and to be able to face consequences to obtain those things that are really hard to get.
Now that I got that out of the way, it’s time to talk about the actual show itself. I loved it. Although it doesn’t receive a perfect score it in my book, it’s definitely a pretty high score. There were a few things I didn’t like about the show such as Kyousuke actually going out with Kuroneko despite him “loving” kirino the entire time but overall, I definitely enjoyed it a lot. In the beginning, I had the impression that this show was definitely going to be your average slice of life comedy with a bit of otaku and siblings mixed into it. Season 2 was definitely not a surprise to me because I had read the novels after watching season 1. I knew season 2 wasn’t going to be the same. The plot, the concept, everything would change and form into a composed story with tons of drama and controversy. I also knew about the incest ending before hand and I’m actually surprised they decided to animate that and end the show the same exact way the novels ended. I definitely thought they would end the show on a neutral point but after watching it I believe the way they portrayed the ending definitely made it better as compared to reading the ending.
I LOVE Kirino as a character. She’s probably one of the first characters I really taken a liking to. A fun fact is that my very first scale figure I purchased, is her.
For those curious, this is the figure – Link
People often call Kirino a bitch and how she has a really bitchy and annoying attitude. While I think that isn’t completely wrong, I feel like she’s sort of an altered tsundere. I feel like that’s what makes her so lovable as a character. Sure her tone and attitude is bitchy but it’s always followed up with something uguumoe that makes you smile (at least for me). Now, I don’t have a female sibling so I honestly don’t know if my opinions would change if I actually had one but I’m pretty sure it won’t affect it that much. I’m not one to group real life with anime or even relate to it.
Finally, my thoughts on the ending. While I said I really enjoyed it, I would probably only give the ending itself a 9/10. The ending sort of threw me off when I first heard about it. I don’t mind the whole incest route, I’m glad Kirino ended up winning. However, I do feel like the ending could’ve been executed better. I felt betrayed when they made the relationship temporary. After all of that I believed that the whole message of this was to never give up on things you really want. At the same time I guess I could see why the author decided to end it like that. I personally would’ve liked an ending where they run away from their parents to live together somewhere else after the whole marriage scene. Not too worked up on that though, I’m pretty content with the ending as it is. This show has definitely been a hell of a ride. There’s definitely a lot of different opinions on the show. Some people love it like me and some people just absolutely hate and despise it. I also wouldn’t mind if the show continued, though it’s very unlikely I guess it is possible considering they ended it at a pretty vague point. There’s still life in high school for Kirino and surely a lot of other things they can do with the story. But one can only hope for more content especially with how it ended.
It’s been fun Ore Imo, I’ll definitely re-watch you in the future. As for Kirino, yeah, she’ll continue to stay as my waifu for a long time.